City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/3/10

September 3, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: David Bugher, Assistant City Manager

  • 100th Street Closed on September 7th: The 100th St. railroad crossing (at Lakeview Avenue SW) is going to be closed Tuesday, September 7th and September 9th from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. by Sound Transit's contractors for grinding and paving. If the grinding is not completed in one night, it may be possible that the crossing will be closed Thursday, September 9th as well. Variable message sign (VMS) boards will be out shortly to warn the public of the closure. Motorists should use 108th Street SW or Steilacoom Blvd as east-west detour routes.
  • Sewer Connection Loan Program Workshop: The City will host a Sewer Connection Program Workshop in the Council Chambers on Thursday, September 9th from 10-11 am. For more information, visit www.cityoflakewood.us under "latest news and events."
  • Building Permit Activity: New construction building valuation for the month of August, 2010 was $6,727,952. Total for 2010 is $30,059,546. The level of construction activity is significantly less than in previous years.
  • Habitat for Humanity: Lakewood staff has been working with Habitat for Humanity to promote the construction of low-income, owner occupied single family homes. Through the use of CDBG HOME and Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds Habitat for Humanity is proposing to construct at least 10 single family homes in the Tillicum community. One of the projects will include the extension of sewer lines. The City's financial contribution totals $558,976.50. These funds derive from federal program dollars and not the City's General Fund.
  • Upcoming Coffee with the Mayor: Please join Mayor Doug Richardson and city staff for Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, September 10th at 7:30 am. We will meet in the Resource Center at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW in Lakewood. The presentation will focus on city-led planning efforts pertaining to regional transportation impacts associated with military growth in Pierce County. The presentation also identifies some concepts for improving congestion along affected portions of the I-5 corridor.
  • All City Tailgate September 17th: The City is a proud sponsor of the 2010 All-City tailgate at Clover Park High School's Harry Lang Stadium. This All-American event (it doesn't get any better than hotdogs and football this time of year) starts at 3:30pm, Friday September 17th. See www.cityoflakewood.us for more details.
  • New Human Resources Paperless Application Process: The Human Resources Department will implement a new online application process by the end of September. "NEOGOV" is utilized by many public agencies in the Pacific Northwest and around the country. Applicants create a personal file, so each time they apply for a position their general information is automatically downloaded. A list of the current job classifications and pay ranges will be online. An applicant may review job classifications and complete an electronic job interest card. When that position is available, the applicant will be notified by email, automatically. The applications will be rated according to predetermined criteria (technical expectations defined by the hiring department and created by HR Analysts) and the top qualifying candidates will be sent to the hiring supervisor (again electronically). Once the final candidates have been selected to move forward in the hiring process, they will be contacted electronically and select an interview time online. This new process will save time and paper.
  • City Loan Application makes Cutoff: The City received notice from the Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF) Board that its application for $1,000,000 in additional PWTF loan money for the City's property owner financial assistance program for connecting to the City's Woodbrook/Tillicum sewer project made the cut off list. The 2011 legislature must approve the PWTF board's project list, so the earliest that this money could be available would be in the spring of 2011 after the upcoming session. With this loan money, the total money available for property owner financial assistance approaches $2,000,000.
  • CSRT Crime Prevention Presentation: CSRT member CSO Gail Conelly conducted a crime prevention presentation for the residents of a Lakewood apartment complex on September 1st. The residents requested CSRT to make the presentation as they had been experiencing an increase in vehicle prowls over the summer. CSO Conelly provided information on vehicle prowl and theft prevention, as well as fraud and identity theft.